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Glastonbury 2007: Tickets sell out as Shirley Bassey confirmed

Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

IT SHOULD come as no surprise but tickets for the 2007 Glastonbury Festival sold out in under two hours when they went on sale on Sunday, April 1.

The new registration system designed to prevent touting did not deter fans who signed up in their droves earlier this year, registering 400,000 names.

According to organisers, the 137,500 tickets available to the public were snapped up in just one hour and 45 minutes, prompting several phone lines and website to struggle with demand.

The last Glastonbury Festival (in 2005) sold out in less than three hours – a record in the event’s history.

Although the full line-up has yet to be confirmed for this year’s event, it is known that The Arctic Monkeys (pictured above), Dame Shirley Bassey and The Who will all perform, along with Damien Rice and The Waterboys.

Dame Shirley, 70, who has enjoyed huge chart success in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s and sang James Bond theme tunes like Goldfinger, will appear on the Sunday.

Damien Rice will headline the acoustic stage along with The Waterboys.

In what is proving a busy period for all things Glastonbury related, a new four-year licence was also granted by Mendip Council earlier this week, securing the festival up to 2010 with an expanded capacity of 177,500.

Welcoming the news as “fantastic” and declaring the ticket sales to be an overwhelming success, Michael Eavis, who owns the farm where the festival is based, also revealed that there will be another chance to buy tickets on April 22 at 9am (BST), when those transactions which had failed would result in more tickets being put back on the market.

The 177,000 capacity event takes place in Somerset from June 22-24.